Plain of Jars

Saturday morning after having a relaxed breakfast we finally decided to rent a scooter and visiting the Plain of Jars. There are almost 100 sites around Phonsavan which date back at least 2,000 years. But only 18 sites are open to the public as the rest is still not yet cleared from UXO. As the tribes which are living nowadays here are not the same as the one’s 2,000 years ago it’s pretty unclear what are all these jars made for. The most accepted version is that the were made for a funeral. It’s believed that the ashes were stored in the small jars whereas the things for worship the ancestors are on display in the larger ones. Another popular explanation is that for the celebration of a large victory from a Laos king, which takes usually several months or even years during this time, Lao Lao whisky was stored in the jars…for me the most comprehensively explanation as I always believed in Whisky in the Jar 😉. And the third explanation is that during rainy season water was stored in the jars, for using it during dry season. Even the distance to the quarry is very far, and the locations of the Plain of Jars sites very remote, it was not an issue, as there were many elephants living here, which did the job.

As there is Hmong New Year, more or less at the shortest day of the year, a lot of tribe people wearing traditional suits
Plain of Jars site 1 with about 400 jars…
…is still marked with lots of bombing craters
But from the right perspective a lovely place
At site 2 the holes in the jars are more rectangular than round…
…and even some lids are laying around
Beautiful landscape to the nearby mountains…
…from a nearby lookout
On the road (yes an ordinary road in Laos looks like this in dry season…you can imagine rainy season by your own) to site 3
Site 3 is located beneath some trees
Even if it said that Laos is a poor country, there are a lot of newly looking pick up trucks, mainly from Asian manufacturers, in rural areas on the roads. Even as they cost more than 30k US$
Inspecting the entrance to an…
…old Russian tank, where only the shell is remaining. I guess they can’t dissemble it with their tools, otherwise they would have already sold the metal.

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